Thursday, August 27, 2020
If you were hoping to buy your own self-contained, reliable, $5 coronavirus test at the local pharmacy soon, you may have to wait until 2021. The Trump administration is going to spend $750 million buying up almost all of Abbott Laboratories’ 15-minute Covid tests to be made this year, some 150 million. It isn’t totally unclear however to whom the White House will send these tests. Confirmed Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. now exceed 180,000, about the same as the next two countries, Brazil and Mexico, combined. Here is the latest on the global pandemic.